Elaine Rieder & a Give-away

Amish fiction, Contest, Street Team Comments: 51

As some of you know, I have a Street Team. These folks help me promote my writing. They read my books, post reviews, share items on Facebook, and pass out bookmarks and postcards. They basically encourage and support me! This is my 3rd year having a street team, and I love it.

10580135_724252174322075_7173584914297367213_n-2This week I wanted to feature one of my members, Elaine Rieder. Elaine began on the street team in January. (Street team members serve for one year.) We sent Elaine a few questions, and here are her responses:

  1. What it is about reading that you love so much?  I love reading because it gives me the opportunity to use my imagination to the fullest. Every book is different and draws me into the lives of the people in the story.
  2. What is your favorite passage or scripture in the Bible? Right now, my favorite book in the Bible is Acts. I belong to a Bible Study group of ladies and I have been reading the Book of Acts.
  3. What is your best personal characteristic? I am a very good listener and am a loyal friend.
  4. julia, comprWhat is one thing that you constantly think about (other than material things)? My family is always on my mind. We have 3 adopted children, 4 grandchildren and we are expecting our first great grandbaby. Life is so exciting!
  5. If you could meet any character of one of V’s books, who would it be and why? I would love to meet Julia in A Wedding for Julia. I just finished that book and she seems like a lady who could be a very good friend and she has so many interesting stories to tell.

Since Elaine’s favorite book is A Wedding for Julia, we’re going to give away a copy of it this week. This is the 3rd book in my Pebble Creek series, but they work well as stand-alone stories. To be entered leave a comment below, and if you tweet or share on Facebook, leave a second comment.

If you’re interested in serving on the 2016 street team, make sure you’re signed up to receive my newsletter (sign up box is to the top and right of this article). We’ll send out a call for new street team members in December.




Amish Cradle Give-away #2

Amish fiction, Amish Novella Collection, Christian authors, Contest

IMG_3340My co-authors and I have been having a lot of fun with the release of An Amish Cradle. This book was chosen as a top 20 romance by Amazon, and we’ve had some stellar reviews. Thank you! It’s always good to know when your writing is touching folks.

This week I’m giving away a small quilted wall hanging that I purchased locally (it’s 12″ x 12″) as well as a copy of An Amish Cradle.

baby CollageNow for some fun. I have pictures of my co-authors’ children. Let’s see if you can figure out which munchkins belong to which author. We’ll still randomly choose a winner, so don’t stress over it. Have some fun! Remember, the authors are Vannetta Chapman, Beth WisemanKathleen Fuller, and Amy Clipston.

To be entered, simply leave your guess in a comment below. If you’d like to be entered twice, either click the TWEET button, or share this post on Facebook. Then leave me another comment that you’ve done so.

Thanks so much. Our winner last week was Trixi O., and I have already sent her an email. While you’re waiting to hear if you’ve won, you can order a copy of An Amish Cradle here.  Then you’d have a copy for yourself and another to share if you do win!



Amish Cradle Give-away #1

Amish fiction, Contest, Novellas

I am very excited about the release of An Amish Cradle on Feb. 10th. I love stories that include babies, and these are four very unique tales. I think you’re going to enjoy them!

To celebrate, I thought I’d have a give-away and a special post for each week in February.

This week I wanted to start by introducing my co-authors–

Beth Wiseman,

Kathleen Fuller, and

Amy Clipston.

I imagine you know these ladies well, and I am so honored to be writing with them.

Now for our give-away. One person will receive a copy of An Amish Cradle (ebook or print) and the red table scarf shown in the picture. This scarf was crocheted by a woman at our church, and I purchased it at our Youth Benefit Auction. I like the red and thought it would be a wonderful gift for Valentine’s.

To be entered, simply leave a comment below. If you’d like to be entered twice, either click the TWEET button, or share this post on Facebook. Then leave me another comment that you’ve done so.

Thanks so much. While you’re waiting to hear if you’ve won, you can order a copy of An Amish Cradle here. Then you’d have a copy for yourself and another to share if you do win!



January’s UFO

crafts, Quilting, UFO Challenge

2015 UFO Challenge, January

So how is everyone doing? Did you have a good January?

IMG_3209I had a busy and fun month. This challenge really helped me, as I’m pretty tired when I finish working each day. (Can anyone relate to that?)  Without the challenge there’s a strong possibility I would stare at the tv or play a computer game. I still did SOME of that, but I also finished 2 projects.

The first is a baby quilt for a friend of our family. Her baby’s name is Conrad, and he is the Continue reading

Good Health Resolutions

Amish view, Christian living, Healthy living

vc bike helmetResolutions that Affect Your Health

So we’ve been talking resolutions. January is a good time to do that, right? Last week we talked about budgets. If you missed the post, folks chimed in with some good ideas. You can read about them here.

But of course finances aren’t the only types of resolutions we make. How about health resolutions? I’m not talking about dieting–that Continue reading


Amish view

featurepics-B39D2554-FCBB-4513-85B0-1535233283BBFinancial Budgets in 2015

Now I wonder why most of us cringe when we hear the word budget. I know that I do! It just doesn’t sound fun. It sounds like the opposite of fun. The Amish folks I’ve met are pretty frugal with their money–sort of like this photo to the right. They don’t have a lot of different clothes or a super fancy buggy. They live plainly, and that’s Continue reading

Project #4


craftingUFO Project #4

I had a lot of responses to the 2015 UFO challenge. What fun!

Now some of you admitted that you can’t do it this year. That’s okay. You can cheer us on and check back each month to see the pictures. If you decide later you can join us, then jump right in.

If you missed the blog post on the 2015 UFO challenge, you can read about it here. Basically you’re writing down a list of 12 Unfinished (or new) projects, on a sheet of paper. Each month AllPeopleQuilt will choose a number, and that’s the project we’ll work on. This month they chose the #4. So check Continue reading

UFO Challenge

UFO Challenge
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2015 UFO Challenge

Happy new year! I hope that the first few days have been joyous and that God continues to bless you through 2015.

I like resolutions. Do you? I like goals too. They both help me to focus. This year I have 2 resolutions (I’ll blog about those next week) and I have lots and lots of goals. One of those is Continue reading